Woman (In Horror) Crush Wednesday: Sheri Moon Zombie

Hello my Little Monsters, I’m pleased to see that you have again returned to join me in celebrating another of our wonderful Women of Horror. We are less than one week from Halloween, and it just so happens that today’s lovely and talented lady played Michael Myer’s mother in Rob Zombie’s brutal remake of John Carpenter’s horror classic Halloween. That’s right, today Sheri Moon Zombie is our lady in the spotlight.

Sheri Lyn Skurkis may be a California girl by birth, having been born in San Jose, but she was raised in Torrington, Connecticut. In her late teens, Sheri would travel back and forth between Connecticut and California while she attended school and also pursued work.

While she didn’t originally have designs on becoming an actress in the traditional sense, Sheri had her sights set on doing voice overs and voice acting for cartoons and animation. At one point she also wanted to join MTV’s ranks as a “VJ” and attended the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in hopes of realizing that dream. It was during her time back in Connecticut that she would meet Rob Zombie. She would accompany him on tour with his band White Zombie, and would perform as a dancer during their performances. Sheri would also choreograph dance numbers to accompany each song during the bands sets and also worked designing costumes for the performances.

Sheri became a very recognizable figure for the band as she would appear on cover art and also in the band’s music videos, something she would continue on with when Rob continued on with his solo career. The Rob Zombie video for which she is most likely remembered would be for the song “Living Dead Girl”, which pays homage to the silent film classic, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. As for album covers, the one that stands out for most(or at least myself) would be the image of Sheri wearing a leopard print cowboy hat, high heals,  a smile and nothing else (with all her naughty bits strategically hidden) on the cover of the Rob Zombie re-mix album, American Made Music to Strip By.

It would be in 2003…hey that rhymes. Sorry, about that…anyways, in 2003 Sheri would make her first appearance in our beloved genre in the role of Baby Firefly in Rob Zombie’s feature film directorial debut, House of 1000 Corpses. While Sheri definitely capitalized on her sex appeal for the role, she also really dove headlong into her portrayal of the oft bratty, unhinged, and bloodthirsty “baby” of this murderous family. Her next role would be the bit part of murder victim Daisy Rain at the beginning of Tobe Hooper’s remake of Dennis Donnelly’s 1978 film, Toolbox Murders.

All in all, Sheri’s had roles in eight feature length horror films, seven of them directed by he husband Rob Zombie. Aside from the aforementioned films, she has also appeared in The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween II, The Lords of Salem and 31. She also provided the voice of Suzi-X in Zombie’s animated movie, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto and portrayed Eva Krupp in his faux movie trailer for Werewolf Women of the SS, which was shown during the Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez double feature film, Grindhouse. She has also made appearances on TV in an episode of Californication and also in an episode of CSI: Miami that was directed by…oh who was it…oh yeah, Rob Zombie.

Sheri and Rob, when you combine their time dating and the years they have been married, have been together for about 24 years. But it’s Halloween 2017 that will be particularly special to these two, as it will mark15 years of wedded bliss.

Now over the years I have noticed some animosity by horror fans, aimed at not only Sheri,  but also at Rob for casting her in his films. GET OVER IT! They are not your films, they are his. If you don’t like her don’t watch the films she’s in… IT’S THAT SIMPLE! Personally, I have no problem with her performances, and have definitely seen worse from actresses, who many people call “real” or “legitimate” actresses. ANYWAY…moving on (a some of you hater should).

If’n you Little Monsters out there are keen to keep an eye on what Sheri may be up to next, you can check out her official IMDb page .Other ways to keep in the know about what’s going on with Sheri would be to give a follow on her official Tumbler, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram accounts.

In closing, I would just like to ask that all of you Little Monsters, who will be celebrating Halloween this weekend have fun, but please do so responsibly. If you drink have a designated driver or a safe ride available. Also, if you’re drinking, AVOID ZIMA AT ALL COSTS! This disgusting, clear, malt beverage has returned like the supposedly dead villain in a horror movie. If you have to add one or more Jolly Ranchers to a beverage to make it taste just okay, is it really worth it? I think NOT.

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